After an invigorating victory last week at Anfield, Liverpool are set to take their two goal advantage to Old Trafford on Thursday to contest the second leg of the Europa League Round of 16 against Manchester United. The Reds have been lucky enough to get a week of rest in between rounds, something that feels like it hasn't happened for months now, while Manchester United fought to a frustrating draw against West Ham in the FA Cup.
James Milner should be back and ready to return to the team. Since he will be unable to play on Sunday due to his red card, there seems a good chance Klopp will choose him for this match. Martin Skrtel, on the other hand, won't be in contention as he's been sent off with the u21s to face West Ham. In any event, the biggest question for Klopp may be whether to play Daniel Sturridge again or give him a rest in favor of the in-form Divock Origi.
For United, Bastian Schweinsteiger could return to the starting line up after making late substitute appearances against Liverpool and West Ham.
If Liverpool prevail and make it through to the quarterfinals, it will be their best showing in Europe since the 2009-2010 season when they got all the way through to the Europa League semi-finals before being knocked out by Atletico Madrid. They haven't yet lost a game in Europe this season, and the players certainly won't want to break that streak at Old Trafford of all places. United, on the other hand, last overturned a 2-0 deficit in Europe when they beat Olympiacos 3-0 at Old Trafford in the 2013-2014 Champions League's final 16.
One away goal for Liverpool would likely put the tie out of reach for United, so while the impetus will be on United to score, Liverpool will hope to strike early, run away with it, and put nerves at ease. If Liverpool do score, look for Roberto Firmino to be heavily involved. The Brazilian attacker has been on fire lately, netting three goals and one assist to help Liverpool win their last three games.
Clyne, Lovren, Sakho, Moreno
Milner, Firmino, Coutinho
Daniel Sturridge may be given a break in this game, with the option of coming on as an impact sub if the game requires it and Klopp looking to use Origi's pace to attack on the counter. James Milner should also make his return, with Lallana likely getting rotated out to make room.
Lucas Leiva and Kevin Stewart remain out, along with the long term absences of Danny Ings and Joe Gomez. Jon Flanagan is not available to play in the Europa League. Daylight Savings Time confusion means that this game starts an hour later for North American views and some others, so overseas fans should stay vigilant.
Kickoff is in the late Europa League slot for this one, at 8:05PM BST/4:05PM EST, with radio coverage from LFCTV GO online for subscribers across the globe, BT Sport Europe in the UK, and Fox Sports 1 in the US. Elsewhere, it will also be showing on BeIN Sports Australia in Australia, TSN5 in Canada, TEN Action in India, and Supersport 3 Africa in Kenya. You can find other listings at LiveSoccerTV.
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